Upsilon Pi Epsilon Induction

20 Apr

On April 23, CSE will be hosting its second Upsilon Pi Epsilon Honors Society Induction.  Upsilon Pi Epsilon (http://upe.spsu.edu/), the first and only international honor society for the computing and information disciplines, is endorsed by the IEEE and ACM and is comprised of outstanding undergraduate and graduate students in the computing and information disciplines.  

Membership in Upsilon Pi Epsilon is very selective.  From among more than 1,700 computing students at SPSU, a total of only 47 students will be inducted this year by the Lambda Chapter of Georgia.  Candidates for induction in UPE must attain a minimum grade point average of 3.3 in the major (3.6 for graduate students), have completed at least 15 semester hours in the major, be among the top 35% of those academically eligible, and meet other additional requirements.  We will be inducting 32 undergraduate students, drawn from all our majors, and 15 master’s students, again from all three master’s programs.

In addition, we will be inducting Chastity Faye Lowery, Class of 2002, as a distinguished Alumna, and Dr Becky Rutherfoord, Dr Bob Brown, and Professor Pat Roth-Pierce as distinguished faculty.

The  SPSU chapter is active in promoting academic excellence.  Both of the chapter’s scholarship nominees for 2013 were selected and received national awards.  SPSU was one of only four schools worldwide with more than one scholarship recipient.

Congratulations are of course due to all inductees.  I also wanted to express my appreciation to Prof Jonathan Lartigue for organizing this event.

Student Awards

20 Apr

On April 11, the Student Governance Association of SPSU hosted its annual student awards banquet.  I had the pleasure of presenting awards to the most outstanding students in CSE.  We awarded the following awards:

Outstanding Graduate Students:
    Computer Science: Brian T. Anderson
    Information Technology: Serena M, Simpson
    Software Engineering: Richard L. Rutledge

Outstanding Undergraduate Students:
    Computer Game Design and Development – Hunter Green
    Computer Science – David Spencer
    Information Technology – John Whitcomb
    Software Engineering – Koon Ng

Julian Joseph Award for Service to CSE: Jared Sanchez

All deserve our congratulations.

Sad News

20 Apr

CSE learned recently that Brandon McWiliams, who was an adjunct a few semesters ago, tragically died in a car accident on April 12. Our thoughts are with his wife, Amy, and their two daughters, Lindsay and Gracie.

Administrative Structure of the new KSU

15 Apr

Dr Papp has announced the administrative structure of the consolidated KSU.  Details are at http://www.spsu.edu/newsroom/news/Organizational_structure_for_new_U_announced.htm. 

CS Student Mason Accepted as Teaching Assistant at John’s Hopkins University

10 Apr

Computer Science student Britney N. (Bri) Mason has been accepted as a teaching assistant for John’s Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth (cty.jhu.edu) this summer.  The Center for Talented Youth is a program that identifies talented youth in middle and high school and prepares them to “make significant future contributions to our world.”   CTY operates summer camps throughout the USA and in Hong Kong, in which students take intensive, advanced classes in topics including computer science, mathematics, cryptology, logic, writing, robotics, and others.  Bri will serve as a teaching assistant for CTY’s Fundamentals of Computer Science course offered in Saratoga Springs, New York.

This honor is yet another reflection of the quality of our programs and our students and congratulations are of course due to Bri.  

Hung Awarded SIGAPP Distinguished Service Award

8 Apr

Dr Chih-Chen Hung of the Department of Computer Science recently received the Distinguished Service Award from Special Interest Group on Applied Computing (SIGAPP) from the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).  The award is given to SIGAPP members who have provided outstanding service to the Annual Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC). 

Dr Hung deserves our congratulations for this recognition of the important service he has given to SIGAPP.

Hung Appointed to Advisory Board for Indian Data Science Center

31 Mar

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering at VNR VJIET (Vallurupalli Nageswara Rao Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology), one of the most prestigious institutions in Hyderabad, India, recently invited Dr Chih-Chen Hung to join the advisory board of its Centre of Excellence for Data Science. This invitation reflects Dr Hung’s continuing research excellence, and he deserves our congratulations for this recognition of his outstanding work.

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